Ratings: American Idol Night 2 On Par With a Year Ago, Relocated Parks Perks Up

American Idol Premiere RatingsNight 2 of American Idol‘s Season 12 premiere week drew 16.2 million total viewers and a 5.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 9 and 7 percent from this cycle’s Wednesday launch and off just 9 percent and a tenth from Season 11’s second outing.

(Fox would like to note that comparing Premiere Weeks, Idol Season 12 bested The Voice Season 3 by 40-plus percent.)

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Facing off against Idol, The Vampire Diaries returned to 2.9 mil and a 1.4, adding some viewers and a tenth in the demo, while relocated Parks and Recreation scored a 1.9 rating — up 27 percent from its last 9:30 broadcast to match its best demo since November of 2011 and marking NBC’s best number in the 8:30 slot since March 2012.

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Elsewhere….

* The next-to-last Last Resort opened ABC’s night with 5 mil/1.0, down 14 and 17 percent week-to-week. Grey’s Anatomy led out of that with 8.7 million total viewers (down 7 percent and beat by a Person of Interest repeat) and a 2.9 rating (down 9 percent(to a season low). Scandal (8 mil/2.6) dipped 5 percent and two tenths from last week’s all-time highs.

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* With Idol in the mix, NBC’s 30 Rock (3.5 mil/1.3) was down 8 percent and two tenths, The Office (4.15 mil/2.1) dipped 9 percent and a tenth and 1600 Penn (3.04 mil/1.2) plunged 21 and 25 percent.

* The CW’s second Carrie Diaries pilot encore added 1.15 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating.

What were you watching this Thursday? (And yes, Oprah Vs. Lance counts as cable.)

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27 Comments
  1. Alice says:

    YAY for Parks and Recreation!

  2. Becca says:

    Awesome news for Parks!!!

  3. Jay says:

    Go Parks, go! Fingers & toes crossed for a sixth season!

  4. J says:

    Yay Parks! Everybody say it together…”They can’t cancel ALL the Thursday shows…They can’t cancel ALL the Thursday shows…”

  5. Michelle says:

    Great news for Parks & Rec! Especially love that it beat all of NBC’s new “broad” comedies this week.

  6. CJS says:

    I know that TBBT was a repeat last night, but I still think that it is possible that Idol lost to TBBT last night. Just a hunch.

  7. wrstlgirl says:

    Last night’s Vampire Diaries was ridiculous. It’s so obvious where this is going.

  8. Jacquelyn says:

    So happy for Parks! I cannot believe that more people do not watch it, There is no other show that rivals it in terms of laughs per episodes. Bring on Season 6!

    • CJS says:

      The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother, Modern Family, New Girl, …shall I go on?
      Seriously though, my point is that it isn’t fair to say that no show rivals any other show in terms of laughs per episode because all of that is open to personal interpretation.
      Using myself as an example, I don’t care for P&R and I just named 4 other shows that I personally find MUCH funnier.
      I’m not saying to stop watching your favourite show; just don’t belittle other shows that some people may find funnier than your own.

      • Jacquelyn says:

        Do not get me wrong, I love half the other shows you listed also. It wasn’t “belittling” other shows, it was putting Parks up higher. We are extremely lucky to live at a time when we have access to such wonderful comedy programs. A comment is going to be an opinion. I apologize for not prefacing with ‘in my opinion.’ Some things I thought were implied.

        • CJS says:

          No worries. Most things were implied. I just mis-interpreted the original comment.
          And while I personally don’t care for Parks and Recreation, I will say that it does deserve better (in terms of viewers and how NBC treats it.)

        • Ari says:

          PArks is simply delightful. I watch all of the other shows listed and none of them are as downright delightful as Parks.

  9. Purdue75 says:

    Idol probably fortunate CBS showed reruns!!!

  10. Shari says:

    just curious, how did the ratings for Oprah & Lance do?

    • haagendaz03 says:

      As Matt always notes, cable ratings take longer.

    • Nero theTVFiddler says:

      I did notice on the Nightly News program this evening [Saturday] that there was a segment on the Lance Armstrong-Oprah interview, and it noted that the show (not sure if first part airing or second half airing) was viewed by about 3+ million viewers. For OWN [Oprah W Network], those are really good numbers since many cable subscribers do not receive OWN programming.

  11. Jared says:

    TBBT will start to beat Idol just like it did last season especially once the hype dies down.

    Considering The Vampire Diaries ratings..it seems like a shoe in for The CW to order The Originals pilot to series.

  12. Alienate says:

    So glad to see 1600 Penn dying a quick and painless death. And, evidently, un-noticed by anyone.

    • wrstlgirl says:

      I made it about 10 minutes into the pilot :-)

    • Not a 1600 fan says:

      Me, too. Hopefully, next time someone puts attention-whore Josh Gad on the air, they won’t let him be front and center but put him in his place. In the back, way way back. He’s not half as funny as he thinks he is. Definitely not a lead actor.

  13. Nero theTVFiddler says:

    One set of numbers worth watching the remainder of this season are the Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal numbers to see if we see a pivot point in those numbers – a point where Scandal begins to increase audience [in total viewers/demo rating] from it’s Grey’s lead-in. This week, Greys had 8.7/2.9 versus Scandal’s 8/2.6.

    The reason I bring this up is because ABC has some tough decisions to make this coming spring regarding their fall 2013 lineup. Question 1 – Is Revenge a good fit for the Sunday night lineup? Question 2 – Is Grey’s the right show any longer for the 9pm Thursday slot, arguably the most important hour on the most important advertising night on Primetime. Question 3 – Is Nashville going to have the numbers for renewal, and if so, where to place it in the fall lineup – it shouldn’t stay in its current slot with its current ratings.

    Can ABC remedy all three of these questions with one large bold scheduling change? Move Revenge to Thursday/9pm, move Grey’s to Wednesday nights at 10pm, and Nashville over to Sunday night at 9pm. When ABC moved Grey’s from Sunday at 10pm to Thursday at 9pm many years ago, it was a bold move, but a correct one. Place your best up-n-coming show in that 9pm Thursday slot – now is the time to go after that 9pm timeslot: NBC is losing the Office, Glee is now on the backside of their series run, PoI is beatable. A Thursday night lineup of SHIELD, Revenge and Scandal would give ABC a lineup of young dramas on Thursdays to build their schedule around for years to come. It may be time to at least consider moving Grey’s to another night as it nears the end of its network run.

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